Performer: Victor Orchestra; Maximilian Pilzer, conductor Writer: Eduardo di Capua
Traditional Folk Song; In Italian; Tenor.
Digitized from a shellac record, at 78 revolutions per minute. Four stylii were used to transfer this record.They are 3.5mm truncated eliptical, 2.3mm truncated conical, 2.8mm truncated conical, 3.3mm truncated conical. These were recorded flat and then also equalized with Turnover: 375.0, Rolloff: -12.0.
The preferred version suggested by an audio engineer at George Blood, L.P. is the equalized version recorded with the 3.5mm truncated eliptical stylus, and has been copied to have the more friendly filename.
Matrix number: 10-1145A Catalog number: 10-1145-A
Other IDs from the record include: Side 1; SP-8
The recording on the other side of this disc: La Danza
September 21, 2017 Subject:
"O Sole Mio"
Jan Peerce (1904-1984) was one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century. Born to Belarusian Jewish parents, he originally started out as a jazz violinist prior to his transition as a lyric tenor. His sister married fellow lyric tenor, Richard Tucker, who is now a legendary tenor whose death led to the only Metropolitan Opera funeral and the creation of the Richard Tucker Foundation which helps aid young American opera singers. Peerce's journey to the international stage was credited to Toscanini after he asked Peerce to audition for him after hearing Peerce sing Wagner on radio. Peerce was then hired to sing in Toscanini's concert of featuring Beethoven Ninth Symphony at NBC. Peerce's most popular roles include Alfredo from "La Traviata", which was his Metropolitan Opera debut role. Peerce's most successful recording was of "The Bluebird of Happiness" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GLpGjhr0Xo). Click on this link to watch Peerce sing an iconic duet from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GLpGjhr0Xo. "O Sole Mio" (translated as "My Sun" in English) is one of the major songs to have come out of the Neapolitan genre. The Three Tenors (Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras) sang it worldwide making this song as well known as the songs and arias they have sung. Peerce with such romanticism and expression and his dark, deep tenor voice adds a lot of flavor to a much loved Neapolitan song; his impeccable Italian diction makes the words much easier to hear. Peerce is now buried in the Mount Eden Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY (https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7312851).
Date source: https://archive.org/stream/PEERCEDiscography/PEERCE%20Discography#page/n17/mode/2up/search/10-1145